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Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

Sports are physical activities, and with all physical activities comes the possibility of injury at some point. The parts of the body that are most prone to injury from sports are the foot and ankle. The most common foot and ankle injuries endured from sports are sprains, tendonitis, fractures and contusions. Other sports related injuries to the ankles and feet include strains, plantar fasciitis, tears in foot and ankle tendons as well as chronic ankle instability. If you are active in sports, it is recommended to see a podiatrist in order to ensure that the feet and ankles are in good shape.


 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM of Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Living with foot pain is hard on your body.  Give us a call and let us find out what's wrong.

Monday, 08 July 2019 00:00

If you notice the skin on the outside of your big toe appears to be red and swollen, you may have what is referred to as an ingrown toenail. It happens as a result of the toenail growing into the skin, which is often a painful and uncomfortable condition. There are several reasons why ingrown toenails may develop. These can include wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, improperly trimming the toenails, or from sustaining a foot injury. Diabetic patients may find it beneficial to have their toenails trimmed correctly, as this can help to prevent possible toenail infections from developing. Additionally, it is suggested that the feet are kept dry and clean, to diminish the chances of getting an ingrown toenail. The toe and the surrounding skin may feel better as they are soaked in warm water several times throughout the day. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can diagnosis and treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM of Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 01 July 2019 00:00

The choice to receive foot or ankle surgery depends on the person and situation. Some conditions where surgery could be an option include bunions, ankle arthritis and plantar fasciitis. Your doctor would most likely see how you respond to other treatments first, such as drugs or special footwear. They would also evaluate your needs and the symptoms of the ailment. There are advantages and disadvantages to receiving surgery. Surgery may provide long-lasting relief, better mobility and comfort. However, some surgeries cause more complications. You may not be able to use your foot normally for a while, and replacement joints may not work as well as natural joints. If you have a foot or ankle condition, and think you may need surgery, it is recommended that you speak with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM of Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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